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Ga. Baptist panel votes to sever ties with Mercer University
Move comes after National Coming Out Day controversy
MACON, Ga. | Nov 15, 8:20 AM
UPDATED: Nov 15, 2:30 PM
The executive committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention voted to sever its ties with Mercer University on Monday, the Macon Telegraph reported Tuesday.
Former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, a Mercer trustee, said he suspected the GBC was upset over a National Coming Out Day event at the school sponsored by the Mercer Triangle Symposium, a support group for gay students, according to the Telegraph.
As a result of the controversy, the gay student group held its final meeting on Monday. The head of the GBC complained the group conflicted with the university's Christian roots.
Portion below originally posted at 11:57 am Nov. 15
According to an article
published by the Washington Blade, the LGBT student gorup of Mercer University has disbanded.
The Mercer Triangle Symposium, recognized by the University in 2002, held its final meeting with about 50 faculty, staff and students showing up to support LGBT students.
The gorup disbanded after the head of the Georgia Baptist Convention complained about the group. He said, according to the article, that "the group conflicted with the university's Christian roots."
According to the article:
GBC executive director J. Robert White complained about the symposium last month after learning about it in a campus newspaper, saying he received calls from concerned parents. Mercer is a Baptist-affiliated college of 7,000 students that receives about $2.4 million a year from the Georgia Baptist Convention, which opened its annual meeting Monday in Columbus.
Thank God (literally
) that I go to a public university!!!
The website of Mercer Triangle Symposium is still up, even though they have disbanded. Check it out and see what good they were doing until they were stopped by the radical, anti-gay right: http://develop.mercer.edu/mts/